Posted by shuchi on February 18th, 2011
A straightforward solve with some fine clues, my favourites being 26A and 5D.
I’m not sure of 28A – there is either an error with my answer or with the clue.
1 CROSSBAR C[ello] (OR BRASS)*; an easy start to the grid.
6 ODDS-ON ODD (rum) SON (lad)
9 MADRID MAD (senseless) RID (clear)
10 SHIPMATE (THE MAP IS)*
11 THAI sounds like ‘tie’ (neckwear)
12 BRIDESMAID cd
14 HIGH NOON dd; High Noon is a 1952 American Western movie.
16 KNIT N (small number) KIT (equipment)
18 FORM F (female) OR M (male)
19 OUTDATED OUT (abroad) DAD (father) around TE (note)
21 CHINCHILLA CHIN (feature) CHILLA (sounds like ‘chiller’ i.e. film that inspires terror). Nice joint between “feature” and “film”.
22 PEAR PAR (mean) around [th]E
24 ORGANIST (ROASTING)*
26 GRATIS SITAR (instrument) G (good), all reversed. Great surface reading and “lift and separate” structure, a lovely clue.
27 BETHEL hidden in ‘EntebBE THE Lutheran’
28 EYE RHYME definition by example? I would have thought something like “great : neat” would be called eye rhyme – similar spelling but different pronunciation; “great : bait” seems to be just the opposite.
2 REACH RE (about) A CH (church)
3 STRAIGHT MAN dd; a ‘straight man’ is an actor who plays stooge to a comedian ie sets up jokes so that the comedian can say the punch line.
4 BODY BLOW BODY (corpse) L (left) in BOW (prow)
5 RUSSIAN ROULETTE (TO INSURE A RESULT)*; another fine surface and clever use of anagrind “fixed”.
6 OLIVER O (old) LIVER (organ); Oliver is a musical play/film based on Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist. I wasn’t immediately convinced about “proves” as a link word, perhaps it works if interpreted as “establishes” or “shows”. I like the misdirection with organ = LIVER but also thought that since ORGANIST is an answer in the same grid, a second use of “organ” could have been avoided.
7 DIM DIME (coin) – E (English)
8 ON THIN ICE (IN HOT)* NICE (French city); nice work with the word “resort”. // Typo fixed. Thanks for noticing, Richard.
13 MAKE A SPLASH dd
15 IRON HORSE cd; the term ‘Iron Horse’ was used for early steam-driven railway locomotives. The “Union Pacific” is the largest railroad network in US.
17 STRANGLE L (line) in STRANGE (funny)
20 SHRILL SHILL (con man’s sidekick) around R (king)
23 AXIOM hidden in ‘fAX I OMitted’
24 ASH BASH (party) – B